Advair Diskus 250 / 50

Name: Advair Diskus 250 / 50

Canadian Brand Name

  1. Advair
  2. Advair Inhalation Aerosol

Commonly used brand name(s)

In the U.S.

  • Advair Diskus
  • Advair Diskus 100/50
  • Advair Diskus 250/50
  • Advair Diskus 500/50
  • Advair HFA
  • Advair HFA 115/21
  • Advair HFA 230/21
  • Advair HFA 45/21
  • Airduo Respiclick

In Canada

  • Advair
  • Advair Inhalation Aerosol

Available Dosage Forms:

  • Powder
  • Aerosol Liquid
  • Disk
  • Aerosol Powder

Therapeutic Class: Antiasthma, Anti-Inflammatory/Bronchodilator Combination

Pharmacologic Class: Fluticasone

Uses For Advair Diskus 250/50

Fluticasone and salmeterol is a combination of two medicines that are used to help control the symptoms of asthma and improve breathing. It is used when a patient's asthma has not been controlled sufficiently on other asthma medicines, or when a patient's condition is so severe that more than one medicine is needed every day. This medicine will not relieve an asthma attack that has already started.

This medicine is also used to treat air flow blockage and reduce the worsening of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). This includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema.

Inhaled fluticasone belongs to the family of medicines known as corticosteroids or steroids (cortisone-like medicines). It works by preventing certain cells in the lungs and breathing passages from releasing substances that cause asthma symptoms.

Inhaled salmeterol is a long-acting bronchodilator. Bronchodilators are medicines that are breathed in through the mouth to open up the bronchial tubes (air passages) in the lungs. It relieves cough, wheezing, shortness of breath, and troubled breathing by increasing the flow of air through the bronchial tubes.

This medicine must be used with a short-acting medicine (eg, albuterol) for an asthma attack or asthma symptoms that need attention right away.

This medicine is available only with your doctor's prescription.

Geriatric

Appropriate studies performed to date have not demonstrated geriatric-specific problems that would limit the usefulness of fluticasone and salmeterol combination in the elderly. However, elderly people with heart and blood vessel problems may require special caution when receiving fluticasone and salmeterol combination.

Breastfeeding

There are no adequate studies in women for determining infant risk when using this medication during breastfeeding. Weigh the potential benefits against the potential risks before taking this medication while breastfeeding.

Dosing

The dose of this medicine will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of this medicine. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.

The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.

  • For inhalation dosage form (aerosol):
    • For preventing an asthma attack:
      • Adults, teenagers, and children 12 years of age and older—Two puffs in the morning and another two puffs in the evening. The doses should be at least 12 hours apart.
      • Children younger than 12 years of age—Use and dose must be determined by your child's doctor.
  • For inhalation dosage form (powder):
    • For preventing an asthma attack:
      • Adults, teenagers, and children 4 years of age and older—One inhalation two times per day (morning and evening). The doses should be at least 12 hours apart.
      • Children younger than 4 years of age—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
    • For maintenance treatment of COPD:
      • Adults—One inhalation (250/50) two times per day (morning and evening). The doses should be at least 12 hours apart.
      • Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
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